It’s a grey and rainy weekend in Hobart so I’ve been looking back at my photos. A perfect time to join October Squares hosted by Becky at https://beckybofwinchester.com I haven’t participated in this challenge before so I’ll share some of my favourite square photos.
Border restrictions and lockdowns in other states and territories within Australia are having big impacts on our hospitality and tourism businesses.
However, Tassie folk are enjoying our beautiful island without the crowds of tourist and are doing our best to support local business. The State Government has helped with a $7.5 million Travel Voucher scheme. Anyone could register to receive $200 towards accommodation and $100 towards attractions. All entrants were put in a ballot and we were fortunate to be successful.
So last weekend we went on a road trip, staying in Launceston to explore the northern part of Tassie.
We stayed at Peppers Silo Hotel, an unusual building repurposed from grain silos built in the 1960’s. The hotel overlooks the city, the Tamar River Basin and the North Esk River and Riverbend Park.
We explored the city on foot, appreciating the architecture, the history, art and culture in QVMAG (Queen Victoria Museum and Gallery).
We drove to a couple of vineyards, tasting the wines in on the deck on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
We also visited Beaconsfield Gold Mine and Heritage Centre. Gold was first discovered here in 1847. Underground mining began in 1879 with considerable investment and expansion. However, the mine closed in 1914 due to constant flooding. Many of the original buildings now in ruins. In 1980 work began to reopen the mine and the first ore production occurring in 1998. It remained operational until 2012. A 2 week rescue mission to reach 2 miners trapped after an earthquake induced rock collapse made international news in 2006.
Another point of interest, in 1953 Beaconsfield was the first town in Australia to add fluoride to its water supply.
Tasmania continues to be one of the safest places in the world. I’m very grateful that I live here.
We had an initial lockdown when the pandemic began but restrictions eased in June last year.
We are covid free here. There have been no community transmission cases since May 2020. A few arrivals have tested positive, but the virus has not spread locally.
So, life is relatively free and easy.
The only places where we have to wear a mask are airports and ferry terminals, on flights or on the ferry to the mainland. Also, at festivals and some sport events, where gathering limits still apply.
Everything is open as usual, retail, restaurants, gyms, night clubs, cinemas, theatres, casinos, weddings, household get togethers. Hand sanitiser is everywhere and actively encouraged.
We have to use the “Check In Tas” app when entering any shops, businesses, events, a taxi or public transport. It is a new habit to scan the QR code with our phones or write our name and contact details in a book at the entrance of any establishment. If or when covid does come to Tassie these track and trace capabilities are ready.
The main covid impact still in place are our border restrictions. Everyone travelling to Tasmania must complete an entry form before the journey. Travel from “high risk areas” within the country is denied. Anyone breaking this rule is fined and immediately placed in hotel quarantine. Tasmanian residents travelling from medium risk areas are allowed to return but must quarantine at home for 14 days.
Australia’s international borders remain closed. More about that in my next post.
This week’s photo challenge is “Tour Guide” so join me for a peak at this delightful city at the bottom of Australia.
Let’s stroll along the waterfront. Fishing boats, cruise ships, yachts, cafes, bars and restaurants, history and links to the Antarctic.
The waterfront leads to Salamanca Place, old sandstone warehouses from the 1830’s. More restaurants and a special Saturday market.
There are parks, coastal paths and local beaches to explore.
We could drive to the summit of Mount Wellington or Mount Nelson for stunning views.
Or we could take a tour bus, horse and carriage, ferry or tall ship cruise.
Hobart is the capital of the island state of Tasmania, sitting at 42°South and 147°East. The city nestles between Mount Wellington and the River Derwent estuary. The population is approximately 222,000. The city is home to art, theatre, museums, music, festivals, regattas, farm markets, delicious locally sourced food and drink. There is always something going on, which is easily accessible. Hobart is a perfect place to live or visit.
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Hobart, Tasmania, is a charming small city at all times of the year, but in this week between Christmas and New Year, the city is at its best.
The yachts of the 73rd annual “Sydney to Hobart” ocean race are in town, giving our waterfront extra colour and vibrancy. Crews are from twenty seven countries. Eleven of the 102 yachts are also competing in the “Clipper Round the World Race”, this being just one leg of their seven month journey.
There is a fabulous atmosphere as locals and tourists view the yachts and visit “The Taste of Tasmania”, a delicious festival showcasing local foods, drinks and produce.
Whilst enjoying a few plates at The Taste, we gave a warm welcome to the yachts as they finished the race.
For some crews, there was still work to be done, repairing sails.